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Conservation NOW: October 2, 2017

THIS WEEK’S NOTICES:

Oppose SB 395: Industrial Acid Mining Bill

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose SB 395, which is before the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Forestry, and Mining on Wednesday.

Sulfide mining is responsible for poisoning the environment with toxic waste like arsenic, mercury, and lead – dangerous carcinogens and neurotoxins. SB 395 eliminates Wisconsin’s Prove It First mining law that protects public health and natural resources by requiring mining companies to show a demonstrated track record on protecting water quality before being permitted. Given the long-term and guaranteed toxic nature of the waste generated by sulfide mining, it is critical we place a higher standard for demonstrating protection of our waters, not less.

Oppose LRB 4115 & 4410: Dropping State Protections for Wetlands

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to oppose LRB 4415 & 4410, which are currently circulating for co-sponsorship.

Wetlands provide critical protections for our water by filtering out pollution that runs off farm fields and urban development. Additionally, it is critical habitat for sustaining wildlife. LRB 4415 & 4410 would remove protections for over one million acres of wetlands in Wisconsin, allowing them to be filled in for development. This could lead to increased flooding in our communities as well as decreased water quality.

Support LRB 4289: A Healthy Environment Needs a Healthy Democracy

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters urges you to support LRB 4289, which is currently circulating for co-sponsorship.

Voting is an essential aspect of a healthy democracy. More states are recognizing the need to make this effort as easy as possible by automatically registering citizens to vote when they register with the state Department of Transportation. Using existing electronic systems to register voters ensures that there is already a way to verify someone’s identity and strengthens our democratic system. LRB 4289 creates a new electronic voter registration system, which unites the Department of Transportation driver registration files and the State Election Commission’s voter file to create an efficient and secure way to automatically register Wisconsin citizens to vote.

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